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The Usefulness of Discovering New Resources for the Study of the Naval History in the Korean War - Focused on the British Royal Navy's Operational Records -

Inseung Kim 1

1공군사관학교

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ABSTRACT

This thesis examines the usefulness of the Royal Navy's operational records for the study of the naval history in the Korean War. It particularly focuses on the importance of the Korean War studies conducted mainly based on the primary resources produced and collected by the British Royal Navy during their operational period on the West Coast. The purpose of this study is to introduce several remarkable operations carried out by UN forces' in the western sea, which have been largely neglected regardless of their actual value. The last two years of naval operations in the Korean War have been regarded as one of the most unknown parts of the war. The latter part of the naval operation has been defined as a classic example of the static warfare on shore. This unspectacular and dull image of static warfare has led to the UN naval campaign being viewed with relative indifference. In addition, nevertheless of the fact that the responsibility for the west coast naval operation was virtually assigned to the British Royal Navy, this topic has received very little attention from the British. To them, the issues in the Korean Peninsula have been regarded as an area of very little direct interest. This indifference, obviously, has restricted our understanding of a realistic picture of the UN forces’ operation on the west. The problem is that, due to the low interest in that period, several UN forces activities to be noted also have been nearly forgotten by the military historians. This was largely due to the fact that these activities could be only properly explained by the Royal Navy's operational records which have been rarely used. For instance, the rarely told stories about the Anti-Communist guerrilla activities, the process of island warfare, and the detailed information of the final evacuation operation from the northern west islands could be disclosed by the sources. The information in this thesis shows that several comprehensive and objective studies about the Korean War could be conducted if we fully use the British archival resources.

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